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Double XL Solvent Transfer + Tutorial!
Posted on July 29th, 2011 // News, Posters & Prints, Printing //

When we get a wild hair to do something aesthetic around the shop, we want it done big. Sometimes ‘big’ refers to something that seems small but ends up being a much larger project (mainly because of our demand for things to be near perfect- and ‘perfect’ who knows what that is on any given day), or in this case, ‘big’ simply refers to the size of its finished size.

We wanted people to know what they were getting into when walking through the front door. So, what better than a 15′x10′ sign? I’ll tell you: a 15′x10′ solvent transfer sign with an awesome Beatrice Warde quotation, that’s what. We figured we’d let you in on how we did it – sort of. Sort of, only because we might be leaving out some details, but you’ll get the gist.

You’ll need:

  • Canvas surface
  • Acetone
  • Toner-based print out - we built our file, to scale, in Illustrator and separated it in artboards to sizes the big roll printer at Kinkos could handle.
  • Latex gloves- do NOT use nitrile, acetone will melt them. Yes, we found this out accidentally and one of us will become intolerant of solvents in the near future. Which also reminds us to remind you all of how dangerous handling solvents without protection is. Or, perhaps it could go full circle and you’ll find yourself casually standing downwind at the gas pump and if that’s the gateway to paint huffing, not wearing gloves is second base. And, we’ve all seen those episodes of COPS with the paint huffers.
  • Brayer- We used a brayer to really get the ink to transfer from the printout to the canvas. However, something that you can find that will apply pressure and roll along will work too. We did some troubleshooting with this and we started with using jars and rolling them, but we couldn’t get the pressure right over such a large surface. We’ve used spoons with smaller jobs, to give you an idea.
  • Ruler
  • Rags
  • Masking or Painter’s Tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Friends

What You’ll Do:

  • When designing your printout, make sure that you reflect it in the end so that the image will transfer with the correct orientation. This is imperative with text, unless you want the whole thing to be only legible in a mirror, which, we’re assuming is not the case.
  • Layout your canvas. You might want to place something for the canvas to press into underneath, especially if you’re working on a hard surface. This will also prevent slippage. Line up and tape your printout to the canvas.
  • Apply acetone to rag and rub into the paper.
  • If you’re doing a large transfer, like ours, you will most likely need a 3rd person to smooth out the printout as you go so that it doesn’t wrinkle or kink along the way.
  • Quickly have someone trace your steps with the brayer or rolling apparatus to ensure that the ink transfers to the canvas.
  • And repeat! Et voilá!

Also, we set up a stop motion video for your enjoyment:

XL solvent transfer from The Mandate Press on Vimeo.

XL solvent transfer from The Mandate Press on Vimeo.

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Lions and Llamas and Candy, Oh My!
Posted on July 28th, 2011 // Letterpress, News, Posters & Prints, Printing //

Candyvore* images courtesy of Shyama Golden

We love a lot of things around here. I mean, we’re already 1-up on a lot of people just by working at a letterpress shop. So, instead of rubbing it in your face, we choose to share the love. Some of the things we love, are, but not limited to: bulldogs, that steam engine sound the S-model cylinder makes, the shop swamp cooler, saying ‘hello’, and Shyama Golden. Shyama (rhymes with llama), is pretty fly. When was the last time you heard ‘fly’? We also love In Living Color. So, being the radical person she be, whenever she requests us to print one of her amazing designs, we jump right in. We love Shyama today and this post is for her since we feel lucky to be able to print with such a great designer and we’re feeling extra lovey-dovey today.

Her ‘Candyvore’ poster design was printed on our Vandercook model-4 and we used a split-fountain technique to run the colors together in 1 pass instead of a 2-color run. It’s printed on Cranes Lettra 110# Ecru for that warm feeling. It’s as though printing with a split-fountain, in a way, mirrors the sentiment of the piece. It walks a fine line between wanting to cuddle with a wild cat who only eats piñata candy, and the sheer danger of lions and binge eating. Split-fountain inking can either ruin your day or make you extremely happy, and with this ‘Candyvore’ print it was definitely the latter.

We also threw in some other works that we’ve printed for Shyama in the gallery…enjoy!


  1. iris

    Beautiful work!!!! congratulations!!

  2. gustavo berocan

    that’s really nice job. i’m dying to print on letterpress. is it expensive to print a poster like this?

  3. Danielle

    Thank you!

    We can definitely price something out for you. Each job varies quite a bit, so we’d need an idea of how many colors, exact size, etc. Feel free to send us an email


Deseret Tarot and a Swarm of Bees
Posted on July 22nd, 2011 // Letterpress, Posters & Prints, Printing //

Secrets and Symbols of the Deseret

We love to work with the AIGA. For those unfamiliar, the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) do for design what the Shriners do for brotherly love, and designers that are a part of the AIGA aren’t required to parade around driving miniature Corvettes while wearing funny hats. The AIGA strives to create a cultural forum and foundation for any professional designer. They are really quite awesome.

So, lucky us, the AIGA will be hosting next year’s conference in Salt Lake City. Yay! Like the passing of the Olympic torch, we were asked to provide a snippet of what Utah is all about so the AIGA could get a taste of what they’re in for. Naturally, we have an expert (of sorts) on all things Utah – Dan Christofferson. Dan created the artwork for this piece and we couldn’t have dreamed a better result.

Dan is super zealous when it comes to the interesting, if not at times absurd, Utah history. I’m sure most people think they have an idea of the goings on around here because of a certain HBO show, but rest assured, we’re pretty sure that most of us don’t have multiple wives, invest in reservation casinos, nor do we have grandmothers hustling parrots across the border. However, we do have some wacky history.

An excerpt from the piece:

An engorged seagull, a solid gold railroad spike, a cryptic alphabet…Within this deck of cards, the AIGA Salt Lake Chapter has gone through great lengths to unearth and translate the six most sacred and intriguing symbols of this culture.

Printing this piece involved some extra, fine-tuning. Lucky for us we’re equipped with the Heidelberg ‘S’ Cylinder press that can churn out an 16″x24″ print (actually it can print up to about 19″x27″). We then die-cut it and hand-rounded the corners. We’re not going to lie, registration on this double-sided, 4 color piece was no walk in the park. We used Dur-O-Tone Butcher Off White paper that was kindly donated by French Paper. Also, obtaining consistent ink coverage on a sheet this large is always a challenge. It’s pieces like this that make our hearts swoon.

We’re excited to have the AIGA come to our humble Salt Lake City. We’ll be welcoming everyone with open arms, swarms of bees, some long-haired hit man, and our 55 wives.




  1. Wren

    These look fantastic. The texture of the paper really adds to the overall look of the designs.

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  3. Craig

    this is amazing. how can i order or get a print of this? truly amazing.

    thanks, craig


Posted on July 15th, 2011 // Business cards, Letterpress, News //

So, we know, it looks as though we’ve been so busy that we’ve somehow neglected our blog…again. Well the time has come friends, we won’t stand for our own inactivity any longer. Consider this a promise to post.

We moved into a fantastic new spot. It’s taken us a minute to settle in and now we’re back into the swing of things.

Our friend  Spencer Charles, hand lettering extraordinaire, created an amazing sign to put in front of our shop. New digs, new sign. It is hand-painted and hands down awesome. This sign also gives us the chance to reiterate our great $95 calling card option. If a classic statement is your kind of gig, then our $95 cards are for you. We print them in black ink on white #110 (or#220, but will raise the price slightly) or chipboard, we have a plethora of designs to choose from, or you can even supply your own design. It really is almost too good to be true. Oh, black is too plain for you, you say? Have no fear – we can add colored edging to make your card standout (for a slight additional cost).

So, in this instance, yes, we are encouraging a drive-by from you. Especially the kind of drive-by where you stop in.

spencer charles hand letter sign


  1. Norik Davtian

    I ordered 250 of these cards with blue edges and I should say it was the best investment ever for my freelance service. Now my business cards scream “quality of service.”

    Thanks Mandate Press

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  3. Danielle

    Spencer is quite the talent!

  4. Danielle

    Yes! Quality is key. Glad to be of service.

  5. joyce

    planning to start my little crafty business soon and this is where i’m definitely going to get my business cards…i love letterpress and can’t believe the price!

  6. Danielle

    Yay! We are looking forward to it.